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US adds a solid 850,000 jobs as economy extends its

WASHINGTON: In an encouraging burst of hiring, America’s employers added 850,000 jobs in June, well above the average of the previous three months and a sign that companies may be having an easier time finding enough workers to fill open jobs. Friday’s report from the Labor Department was the latest evidence that the reopening of…

Joe Biden meets experts on voting rights after Senate setback

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden met advisers and experts on voting rights after he vowed to further address the issue in the wake of a Democratic defeat in the Senate on a major bid for related reforms, according to a White House readout. The group on Tuesday “discussed anti-voter legislation that has been proposed or…

US terms Ethiopia's ceasefire declaration as 'positive step'

WASHINGTON: The United States sees Ethiopia’s ceasefire announcement in Tigray as a potential positive development if it leads to changes on the ground, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. On Monday, the Ethiopian government declared an unconditional ceasefire in the conflict-torn province following the recapture of the regional capital of Mekelle by…

Legislation passed to remove Confederate statues from US Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON: The Democratic-led US House of Representatives has passed a legislation which will remove statues in the Capitol Hill that pay tribute to historical figures with legacies of defending slavery, including those who served the Confederacy. A total of 67 Republicans joined the Democrats in support, while 120 voted against the legislation on Tuesday, reports…

Covaxin effectively neutralises Alpha, Delta variants: US top body

WASHINGTON: Covaxin’s Covid-19 jab, developed and manufactured by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, generates antibodies that can effectively neutralise the Alpha (B117) and Delta (B1617) variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, the US National Institutes of Health has said citing results from two studies of blood serum from people who received the shots. Covaxin comprises a…

Los Angeles health officials recommend indoor masks

LOS ANGELES: Public health officials in the Los Angeles County have strongly recommended that local residents wear masks indoors in public places due to increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta Covid-19 variant across the US. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement on Tuesday that places include such settings…

US transgender student wins years-long war on school bathroom rights

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Monday handed a final victory to a transgender student who fought for years to use the boys’ bathroom at his high school. The highest US court refused to hear an appeal brought by Virginia school officials opposed to allowing transgender teenagers to use the bathroom reflecting their identity. As…

Classrooms grapple with racial slurs in classic American novels

NEW YORK: The recent dismissal of a white New York professor for reading aloud the “N-word” from a Mark Twain novel has shone a spotlight on the use of racial slurs in American classrooms. It has renewed a long-standing debate about how books from some of the United States’ most famous authors should be taught…

US lawmakers, advocates question Biden's plan to evacuate Afghans who

WASHINGTON: As US President Joe Biden moves ahead with his plan to withdraw Afghans from Kabul who have assisted US military efforts in the country, lawmakers and advocates have raised several questions as the deadline for the plan draws near. The White House on Thursday confirmed that it would evacuate former interpreters, drivers and others…

US lawmakers introduce resolution condemning human rights abuses by China

WASHINGTON: Ahead of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) centenary anniversary next week, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers have submitted a resolution condemning China’s human rights abuses over the last 100 years. Led by Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher, the resolution was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Friday. It lists atrocities committed by…